Thursday, April 22, 2004

Trusting online images 

Salon.com's Farhad Manjoo has a pretty good piece today on digital images and their slippery nature. He uses the LCPL Boudreaux picture as the jumping-off point for an examination of how "a picture is no longer worth a thousand words" in a Photoshopped world. The possible consequences of this are explored as well:

But [photojournalist Ken] Light worries that the truth we see in photographs will diminish in a digital age. He has two nightmares: First, that fake pictures will be mistaken for true pictures, rattling the political discourse. But a scarier proposition for him is that, in the long run, people will start to ignore real pictures as phonies. When every picture is suspect, all pictures are dismissible, Light fears, and photography's unique power to criticize will decline.
And that truly is scary. How many times have people been moved to tears, or to outrage, or to action by a strong image? Will that remain the case in a future where every image is suspect?

Would we believe images like these ones today?
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